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3D printing revolutionizes construction with significant benefits

Alma Mater Europaea has a new doctor of science. Nikola Špiček successfully defended his doctoral thesis in project management entitled Analysis of Critical Success Factors in the Management of Construction Projects Using 3D Printing Technology, which was created under the mentorship of Professor Dr Mirosław J. Skibniewski.

The adoption of 3D printing technology in construction offers significant advantages, such as reduced labor costs, improved project management, and enhanced waste management. However, its growth is hindered by a lack of standardized processes and challenges inherent to the technology. Understanding the benefits and challenges of 3D printing projects is crucial to attracting investors. 

“This thesis identifies obstacles like acquiring building permits and defining roles in such projects, while also outlining critical success factors such as relative advantage and compatibility. Case studies have shown that 3D printing aligns with the "Construction 5.0” goals, merging technological advancements with sustainability and resilience. This technology reshapes stakeholder roles, particularly requiring project managers to acquire new skills and adapt organizational structures. Ultimately, 3D printing offers solutions to longstanding construction sector issues and contributes to environmental sustainability,” says Doctor of Science in Project Management Nikola Špiček.